The Director, Grassroots Sports at the Ministry of Sports Dr Ademola Are has warned against age cheating by athletes while declaring the readiness of the Local Organising Committee to successfully stage the fourth edition of the National Youth Games.
The Games is set to take place in September 7th -17th at the University of Ilorin Sports complex, with the objectives of discovering new and young talents while developing them to represent the nation in future national and international competitions.
In a chat with Daily Trust, Are revealed that efforts have been put in place to ensure the Youth Games is successful.
“The Federal government is on top of its game, everything is being put in place to ensure that we have a successful fourth National Youth Game at the University of Ilorin, Kwara state. The University has been very enthusiastic about this fourth time around, they are doing everything possible, and they have given us the facilities, support staff to ensure that all things go well in the game.
“The Federal government is providing the much needed funds and all stakeholders that are involved in this game are going to be present, especially the Kwara state government and the University of Ilorin management who have been very supportive during this planning period”.
In the same vein, the director emphatically warned all participating states and athletes to avoid running foul of the laws prohibiting age cheats while revealing that stringent measures have been put in place to determine the actual ages of the athletes.
“The National Sports Federation has been mandated to ensure that they put everything in place most especially where it concerns the actual ages of the participants as they have the data on all these children. We want to avoid to a great extent, age cheat at this present games.
“In as much as we can’t avoid age cheat scenario entirely, strident measures are being put in place to put it at the barest minimum as children above the age of fifteen will not take part in this competition. To this effect all Directors of Sports, Commissioners of Sports and Governors have been tipped off that any state that contradicts the regulations will be fined and suspended, so we plead with everyone to be of good behaviour and do the right thing, in order to make our nation proud”, he charged.
Over 4,000 athletes drawn from the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT will be participating in the 10 day event in 20 different sporting events.